If sweating, struggling to breath, and feeling your legs shake with fatigue isn’t up your alley, don’t try Piloxing.
I booked the class at Studio Fusion in Huntington Beach, California with a small class of four women. Piloxing is available in 85 countries all over the world including Australia, Japan, and Singapore, but it was born and is based in Burbank California, not far from where I scheduled a session.
The fitness trend originally started in 2009 and was created by Scandinavia-born dance teacher. However, it’s only the past two years that the combo class has really taken off, expanding to include Piloxing Barrre in 2014, and its third iteration, Piloxing Knockout, in 2015.
To begin, the instructor told us to remove our shoes and socks and handed over a pair of small gloves weighted with half a pound. “This does mean the workout will feel a little tougher, but it also makes you feel less awkward and more in control when you’re punching at the air,” she explained.
We started simply enough with a warmup of stretching, low kicks, and slow punches. Easy! At around the five-minute mark, things intensified, and the following 40 minutes involved high-intensity combinations of high kicks, and punches — jabs, hooks, and undercuts included. It’s kind of like an aerobics class using classic boxing movements. Not easy.
The Pilates component was less obvious than the boxing; a pointed foot here, a plié there. At one point, a fellow class-goer straight-up left and hobbled out the front door, presumably exhausted by the continuous cardio workout. Understandable, considering we had hardly stopped moving for 25 minutes.
Relief seemed to arrive after 45 minutes, when the teacher instructed us to grab a mat and sit. “Great!” I thought, sweaty, exhausted, and looking forward to a deep stretch. Quickly I realized this was simply the final 15-minutes of working out; a Pilates-inspired sequence of leg raises and holds that burned every muscle in my abs, legs, and butt. We lost another person at this point, and then there were two.
I did technically make it to the end of the class, but almost crawled out of the fitness studio and into the car, a broken woman. After years of boxing and Pilates, it took a combination of the two to finally break me.
However, the struggle was all worth while when I glanced down at my sweat-covered Apple watch and saw that I’d burned 465 calories. So if you’re not afraid to get red-faced, head over the Piloxing website to find a class in your neighborhood.